Riders QB confidence not a concern: Jones

Chris Jones isn’t concerned that his unorthodox rotation scheme will damage the confidence of his young quarterbacks

“Nah, I don’t worry about it because that’s what they pay me to do is try to figure out somebody to go in there and play, the best way to stay on the field is have success on the field, that’s what I would tell them,” the Riders bench boss said.

Jones started Brandon Bridge but rotated CFL rookie David Watford in for at least one series per quarter in Saskatchewan’s 18-13 win against Hamilton.

“Steve Spurrier did it and had a lot of success, so we decided we’d do the same thing,’ Jones said referencing the former NCAA and NFL head coach who was known for using multiple quarterbacks in games.

Bridge completed 11-of-13 passes for 101 yards, including the crucial 29-yard completion to Josh Stanford which set up the winning major, while rushing four times for 30 yards and accounting for all 12 offensive points the Riders scored. Watford went 3-of-6 for 47 yards and ran seven times for 50 yards, all of his drives ended in punts.

“I want more out of them, I’m hard on them. They both have unique qualities, David’s probably a little faster than what Bridge is but Bridge has got a little bit more experience,” Jones said.

“We’re just going to keep grinding until we figure it out.”

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